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I am truly honored to be a recipient of the James B. Morris Scholarship this current school year, and in my previous years as a University of Iowa student. I’m glad to have had the opportunity to serve as an example for future generations of Iowa College students.  I want them to know that achieving success at a university or college is possible.  The James B. Morris Scholarship has allowed me to become successful in attaining my academic goals. Each scholarship has helped me to face the often-difficult barrier of not being able to afford and finance my education. I am fortunate to have had this scholarship as my financial support in the past, and am thankful for being able once more for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Sincerely, Celina Carr – Des Moines, IA

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James B. Morris Sr. was a leader and a role model for his generation of African Americans living in Iowa. A graduate of Hampton Institute in Virginia, J.B. became one of the first African American officers during World War I through the Colored Officers Training Program at Fort Des Moines. After the war, Attorney Morris settled in Des Moines and emerged as one of the city's most influential black leaders. He was the editor and publisher of Iowa's oldest black newspaper, The Iowa Bystander, from 1922-1972. In 1925, he helped found the Negro Bar Association, now known as the National Bar Association. J.B. and his wife, Georgine, were staunch supporters of civil rights, and Georgine founded the Iowa State Conference of the NAACP in 1939. J.B. was a charter member, as well as serving as president of that organization.

 

A group of Des Moines community leaders established the James B. Morris Scholarship Fund in 1978 in honor of James and Georgine Morris for their contribution to law, journalism and the civil rights movement.

 
If you have a scholarship you would like the Morris Board of Directors to administer for you , please feel free to contact the Fund Administrator at:

James B. Morris Scholarship Fund, Inc.
P. O. Box 12145
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 864-0922  Fax: (515) 864-0922
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